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Positive Train Control Field Test Technician


This is a Contract position in Newark, NJ posted November 30, 2019.

We are actively looking for several Field Test Engineers/Specialists to contribute to the factory and field test activities on the New Jersey Transit Positive Train Control (PTC) project based in Newark NJ. Parsons was the design/builder providing a turnkey system to develop/install and integrate an interoperable PTC system on more than 300 miles of New Jersey Transits regional commuter rail system. We are now in the testing/integration and commissioning stages for this program. In this role, you will be required to work during the evenings and occasional weekends, typically on a Sunday through Thursday schedule, from9:00 pm to 5:00 amuntil testing is complete. This is a full-time position with benefits based out of our Newark NJ office location.

In this role, you will be responsible for conducting system tests, system integration, field support, and verification functions within the scope of a Positive Train Control (PTC) system, primarly at wayside locations and on-board locomotives and cab railcars. Our Test Engineers/Technicians work in teams of two and will work closely with our Field Test Manager to coordinate specific test work plans to adhere to the project schedule and may oversee other more junior Field Technicians out in the field when the test manager is not available. Your duties will include monitoring and reporting progress of testing activities to assure proper testing is completed on time, as well as maintain accurate/detailed records of testing activities. You will report deviations from expected system behavior and will make recommendations for appropriate response and mitigation of technical problems so that software and equipment meets the required safety, quality and design specifications and standards. Your knowledge of train control, rail vehicle and signaling systems plus your ability to meet testing schedules and work effectively in a fast-paced project team will be vital for your success on this program.


Participate in Field and Integration tests
Participate and support in system integration in vehicles
Re-create, analyze and suggest potential solutions of reported errors.
Accurately complete test documentation, data sheets, marking plans, expense reports, daily logs, lost time and discrepancy reports
Maintain highest regard for safety, fail safeness, system reliability and system integrity
Communicate within the organization and with customers. Provide technical direction to the subcontractors, making decisions and or obtaining additional technical assistance from other engineers as the situation warrants.

3+ years of rail system testing experience on large-scale commuter, freight or transit projects; or equivalent education, experience and aptitude in a similar testing environment
Proficient in performing testing and troubleshooting, and verification activities
Track record of developing and maintaining positive team relationships and delivering to project and client expectations
Bachelors degree in engineeringor equivalent education, experience and aptitude
Ability and past examples of learning and adapting quickly in situations requiring technical acumen and problem solving with new technology.
Must have working knowledge of signaling products and “vital” and “nonvital” circuit concepts
Technical experience within systems integration and testing in development projects, is required.
Must have good understanding of HW and SW interactions within complex systems architectures.
Must have good written and spoken communication skills
Must possess valid drivers license.


Ready for action? Were looking for the kind of people who see this opportunity and dont hesitate to act. Parsons is a leader in the world of Technical Services and Engineering. We hire people with a broad set of technical skills who have proven experience tackling some of the greatest challenges. Take your next step and apply today.